Every year thousands of eager antique collectors flock to Brimfield, a tiny little town in Massachusetts that hosts North America's largest outdoor antique and collectibles show. And let me tell you, it is huge! Our first day was spent acquainting ourselves with the lay of the land, literally. The show is divided up by fields, each field has it’s own opening and closing hours, plus the vendors change depending on the day. It gets pretty convoluted, so even though we hit every field over the two days we still weren't able too see all that Brimfield had to offer.
As day one came to an exhausting close we started hunting for food. We happened upon an amazing and affordable little restaurant in the near by town of Sturbridge. Though it didn’t look like much from the outside Lola’s Pizza Restaurant had wonderful home cooked food prepared by a husband and wife team Lola and George. We highly recommend the honey mustard crusted salmon. It was so amazing we went back the second night!
We retired to a local Air BnB that we booked in a nearby property owned by Robin and her family. They were very gracious with their space and time. Robin is a busy working mom who is a teacher by day and keeps a garden, chickens, goats and 2 rowdy boys by night. They had 2 baby goats that were roaming free during the evening. The goats were beyond adorable and even cuddled on Lara’s lap on the second night during a wonderful campfire our hosts prepared for us.
Day 2 proved to be just as much fun. We chatted with many of the vendors about their collections and what other shows they do. We chatted with Aaron of FartSalad for over half an hour and he gave us some great tips for thrifting in the States. Not only did we have a lot of fun but we also scored some great vintage finds for our shop and really hit the jackpot with several lovely wedding dresses that will soon be available on our Citizen Vintage Bridal shop. If you love vintage and antiques, the Brimfield fair is a must do!